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The Father Effect: Hope and Healing from a Dad's Absence Hardcover – October 24, 2017
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John Finch is a man with unstoppable conviction and heart. His new book The Father Effect is a strong debut worth reading.
―Dr. John Sowers, author of The Heroic Path and Fatherless Generation
John's story not only deserves to be heard, it offers hope to all men and boys, and should be heard. He stands victoriously upon the stone that once weighed him down and from that foundation shows how we can be free through forgiveness.
―Dudley Hall, President of Kerygma Ventures and author of Men In Their Own Skin and Grace Works
What starts out as a gripping personal story accelerates quickly into a hard-hitting, larger story of today's epidemic fatherlessness and how that crippling wound snowballs down the generations-until one son determines to face it, disown its shame, and press ahead into genuine manhood.
―Gordon Dalbey, author Sons of the Father: Healing the Father-Wound in Men Today
Father wounds don't heal with time. They must be addressed with love and forgiveness. In his book, The Father Effect, John Finch addresses the real pain associated with this wound and how it affects our ability to be a father to our children. I highly recommend this book for those wanting to address their own father issues as well as those seeking to be equipped to be a great father!
―Tom Lane, author of Influence of a Father and Lead Executive Senior Pastor of Gateway Church
With courageous vulnerability, my friend John Finch paints an emotionally gripping portrait of the undeniably powerful impact a father (or lack of one) has on the lives of children. The Father Effect is a story of brokennes, redemption, and vision for finding healing the only place it can be found- in the gospel.
―Kris Dolberry, Men's Ministry Specialist of LifeWay Christian Resources
The Father Effect is desperately needed today . . . . Because John Finch has been deeply wounded himself, he knows the powerful healing that Jesus Christ offers through His wounds that heal us and His resurrection that redeems us. May those who recognize their own wounds through this book also find healing from the same Word made flesh Who healed John.―Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, Ph. D.
The Father Effect is a revealing, honest, and moving account of one man's experience with the wound created by the tragic death of his father when the author was 11 years old. That story will undoubtedly prompt men to reflect on their own relationships and perhaps wounds from their fathers. It will also inspire readers by hearing about the role of faith and the redemptive power of forgiveness for paternal shortcomings. Much wise and useful advice is contained in the book for men who are searching for ways to become the type of father they wish they'd had.―George W. Holden, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Southern Methodist University
About the Author
John Finch is the producer and director of The Father Effect short and feature film. He heads The Father Effect ministry which is dedicated to addressing the father-wound in both men and women and helping them to heal through conferences, resources, and curriculum.
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The Father Effect has received much praise from the fields of Christianity and psychology. The work expounds upon the author's life, drawing from first hand experiences regarding the extreme emotional wounds that were created from his father's absence. The beauty of the book is the way in which John Finch uses his journey of distress and suffering to explore potential areas of similar hurts within the reader. Not only does Finch assist in uncovering your pain from a missing Dad, but he takes it a few steps farther as he gives sound advice on how to deal with the reader's personal injuries through the application of forgiveness.
John Finch redirects frequently to remind those with a history of a missing father, that their heavenly Father is the perfect role model. The book is consistently reassuring the reader that Jesus Christ holds the key to powerful regeneration. Mr. Finch gives very specific suggestions on how to break the cycle of feeling rejected. His encouragement that it is possible to change one's life legacy from a continual sense of alienation and abandonment to an accomplished life with amazing relationships is believable, since he has gone through similar situations and come out on the other side with health. Finch warns, however, that without change, the fatherless will almost certainly find themselves in a cycle of serious depression.
I loved that this book compassionately discusses depression and addresses the misinformed attitude of many people who act as though the depressed person can "will or hope their way out of depression." Finch describes it this way, stating, "Trying to free yourself from depression is like building a ladder out of toothpicks when you're stuck at the bottom of a hundred-mile-deep hole. No matter what you do, the hopelessness of your situation only worsens." This analogy speaks of a complexity of understanding beyond what could be contrived from someone who has not suffered with depression. How refreshing it is to see a courageous author in the Christian world give validity to the real illness of depression, and attempt to provide tools to help eradicate it.
After reading, The Father Effect, I have a greater empathy for the people in this world who are suffering from a missing father in their lives. I now comprehend that those affected by a missing Dad, might be men or women. The message is very clear from this book, however, that you do not need to be the victim. You can, and in fact must, if you want to have an abundant life that the Lord intended for you, step out in faith and forgiveness to break the chains of helplessness and hopelessness. This debut novel provides an avenue of confident expectation and concrete direction for an audience of lost and hurting people. Throughout the pages, John Finch educates, encourages, and equips men and women to make a daily choice to fulfill the roles that the Lord has placed before them. It is an essential read for anyone who loves the Lord and is suffering in silence due to a missing father. The Father Effect is also for anyone who would like to grasp a greater knowledge of what this population is experiencing, so that they may then reach out in love to help them renew their life.
Thank you to FaithWords Publishing for this review copy of The Father Effect by John Finch and Blake Atwood. I was not required to give a positive review, but only asked to give an honest review of my assessment of the book.
As a woman I have a different sort of father wound. I still have my dad, but he doesn't talk to me very often. I can see how my distant relationship with my dad led me to make some poor choices early on. I can also see where my dad didn't get training on being a dad from his dad so I can forgive him and understand where he came from. Fortunately, I also went to counseling and spent time in prayer with God, was helped and then healed from some of my wounds. As a result, I made better choices and now have a good relationship with my husband and we have been married many years. I think The Father Effect would be a helpful book for both men and women with father wounds of many types. Finch gives both personal stories from his life and the life of other people along with the sound advice of other experts to offer a solid book with a lot of helpful information in it. I would especially encourage men to read it and to become the best dad they can be to their kids. As Finch shared in several places, it isn't about being perfect, but rather being available and real with your kids while looking to God to lead you.
As a woman, I also liked the chapter in The Father Effect that John's wife, Michelle, wrote about her experience with him and their family. There is also a chapter just for women and how we are affected by dads who are absent or distant.
With many broken and struggling families in our world today, I think The Father Effect would be a truly helpful book to many of us. I highly recommend it.
I received a copy of The Father Effect from FaithWords. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.